Criminon is a Scientology front group that recruits prisoners into Scientology courses.

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Supporting Information - Second Chance and Scientology

There is strong evidence linking Second Chance with Scientology in matters of finance, practice, and staffing.

KRQE News 13: Drug-rehab deal linked to politics, Scientology

KRQE News 13 reports on the Scientology-linked Second Chance drug rehab program for New Mexico prisoners.

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January 19, 2007 Rethinking Rehab: Treatment for Prisoners Draws Fire Over Scientology Second Chance is one of the country's most unusual alternatives to the nation's prison systems, founded by Scientologist and former real-estate developer Rick Pendery. Even before it opened its doors to inmates last September, Second Chance and its unconventional methods had ignited a controversy in New Mexico's legal community. Judge Lang says he is "highly suspicious" of the program. "If it is connected to Scientology, just say so," he says. Second Chance officials and a spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology say there are no ties. Criminon, Press, taxes
January 12, 2007 Labour Given Thousands By Scientology Charity The Labour Party received thousands of pounds from an offshoot of Scientology, the Evening Standard reveals today. The decision to accept money from a charity linked to the controversial cult was taken at the highest level by members of the National Executive Committee. They allowed the charity, the Association for Better Living and Education (ABLE), to take a stall at the party's annual conference in Manchester. Criminon, England, Narconon, Press
November 15, 2005 Alarm In Prisons At Scientology Drug Cures Aimed At Inmates The Prison Service has warned that activists linked to the Church of Scientology are targeting offenders in British jails with unauthorised anti-drug and education programmes. Narconon, the drug detox and rehab programme developed by Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard, and Criminon, his drugs education and rehab programme, are both being offered to prisoners through correspondence courses. Though officials frown on the programmes, they are unable to stop the practice because they cannot justify tampering with inmates' mail in these circumstances. Criminon, Narconon, Press, UK
March 28, 2001 Prison help for addicts stalled Arizona Republic: Prison help for addicts stalled Criminon
March 27, 1998 Church hits at jail claim Church of Scientology leaders have rejected claims that they are "canvassing" for new members in Irish prisons. The controversial church is contacting violent criminals offering them a place on their "Criminon" rehabilitation programme. Spokesman Graham Wilson dismissed reports that this was a strategy to recruit new members. Criminon, Press
Captive Audience? Criminon's push into the District's corrections system has critics Criminon